Beginner Adult Guitar Program


Theme’s Adult Beginner Guitar Course (TAGC) is a revolutionary hybrid solo plus group piano learning program for students aged 18 and above, focussed on beginner and intermediate levels.

TAGC is a 2 level program built around the concept of preparing students towards independent playing, reading and performance, constructing a strong repertoire across various genres of music, inculcating skills that prepare students to be able to play music that they enjoy. The objective of the course is to enable students to learn the piano formally and gain performance expertise alongside assessments. Each level of the program is devised keeping in mind the London College of Music Examination benchmarks.

Each level consists of 45 minute solo sessions plus 1 hour group sessions, progress analysis classes, recital classes, special performances and concerts and provides every student an equal opportunity to perform and get assessed at the highest international standards.

Students enrol as beginners entering the program into one of the following levels. Each batch consists of students of a similar age and playing level. Students can opt to appear for LCM examinations or internal assessments if they wish to not pursue examinations.

TAGC LevelSessions in LevelEquivalent LCM Examination/Internal Assessment Level
Level 145 (35 solo lessons + up to 10 group lessons)Practical – Step 2 
Level 245 (35 solo lessons + up to 10 group lessons)Practical – Grade 1
Theory – Step Theory

All TAGC lessons are a hybrid model of 3 solo lessons plus one group lesson per 4 classes. There will be a group lesson after every 3 solo lessons (or according to the level plan of the course). All solo lessons are 45 minutes and group lessons are 1 hour in duration with a maximum of 4 students in the batch. The Group classes enable ensemble playing and group learning for certain concepts. Students also prepare for performance events in a group.

Each level has a certain number of buffer lessons included that enable teachers to revise concepts, cover-up missed lessons*, prepare students for recitals and examinations and allocate additional time to all students as required.

All classes consist of structured lesson plans and homework material. A monthly report is sent to students detailing class performance and areas of improvement.

*Conditions Apply. Please refer to Rules and Regulations

**Class timings available:

Weekdays: 3 pm to 7 pm

Weekends: 11 am to 6 pm

(**Subject to slot availability, timings may vary by branch)

Level 1:

LCM Examination Level Practical – Pre Preparatory Guitar

  1. Technique:
    • Proper Handling of Instrument
    • Left and Right-Hand Positions
    • Pivot Exercises, Chromatic Exercises
    • Down Picking, Alternate Picking
  2. Chords:
    • Majors, Minors
    • Open Chords, Barre Chords
  3. Scales and Arpeggios:
    • One octave open and closed positions
  4. Repertoire:
    • Popular and Folk Songs with Backing Tracks
    • Assessment Pieces
    • Playing Exercises
    • Rhythm Studies
  5. Types of Notes and Rests
  6. Time Signatures
  7. Reading Tablature and Introduction to Staff:
    • Introduction to Accidentals
  8. Introduction to Dynamics and Articulation
  9. Introduction to Composition:
    • Composing an 8 bar piece with backing tracks
  10. Fretboard Knowledge
  11. Basic Guitar Tuning Technique
  12. Sight Reading of Tablature
  13. Aural training:
    • Pitch and Rhythm based exercises

Level 2:

LCM Examination Level Practical – Grade 1

  1. Technique:
    • Alternate Picking
    • Hammer-On, Pull Off
    • Introduction to Fingerstyle
    • String and Palm Muting
  2. Chords:
    • Dominant 7th Open Chords
    • Power Chords
    • Introduction to Accompaniment
  3. Scales and Arpeggios:
    • Complete Majors and Minors
    • Introduction to Pentatonics
  4. Time Signatures:
    • Introduction to Incomplete Bars
  5. Eighth Notes and Rests
  6. Dynamics and Articulation
  7. Note Reading (Tablature and Staff):
    • All Types of Accidentals
  8. Extended Fretboard Knowledge
  9. Introduction of Rhythm Styles:
    • Straight vs Swing Rhythms
  10. Introduction to Improvisation:
    • Improvisation over basic chord changes
  11. Sight Reading of Tablature
  12. Continuation of Aural training
  13. Basic Musical Markings
  1. Focus on all round musical development, including repertoire work, playing technique, scales, sight-reading, aural training and music theory.
  2. Individual class plans charted out for each session. Required practice and homework are treated as an integral part of the learning system.
  3. Concepts are taught through activities and practical work that are constantly innovated upon by the faculty, ensuring an updated curriculum.
  4. Constant feedback and reporting on every student per month including objective grading as well as subjective teacher feedback. 
  5. Exclusive performance opportunities, both internal and external that culminates in an annual concert and an external annual showcase.
  6. Assessments and International Examination syllabus integrated into class plans. 
  7. A special focus on improvisation and composition.
  8. A hybrid format of learning that includes the benefits of both solo and group, including greater time flexibility, ensemble playing and building a community of people to play with. Students are of a similar age group and learning levels with a maximum student-teacher ratio of 4:1
  9. Class recitals and testing is integrated into the curriculum as part of a student’s learning goals.

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